Great State: Oklahoma City Artist Uses Music to Paint

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- As important as mixing paint or stretching canvas, MtnWoman Silver's choice of music affects the outcome of her art.

"You turn on the music and something triggers," she says. "And then you're ready to go."

Her husband bought her Tchaikovsky's Greatest Hits a couple of years ago.

She usually warms up with his Piano Concerto Number 1.

On this day she lets the CD run right on through the composer's Serenade for Strings in C Major.

On her choice of music Silver says, "I can't listen to songs with words because that keeps me thinking about the lyrics."

There was a time when she painted to absolute silence, but those earlier paintings sometimes echoed the voices of other artistic styles.

It was music that freed Silver to paint something all her own.

"I could do any painting to match your sofa," she says.

"That's skill," remarks a visitor. "But it's not a true expression of what's inside. But this is?"

"Right," she replies. "For the first time, I feel like I could go on doing this for the rest of my life."

The great composers used 'movements' to separate variations on their themes.

Silver uses movements too, like a dance.

Big loops of paint come first.

Her second movement is smaller, composed with ink pen over the paint.

These are her variations.

Silver says, "It's like I'm dancing with the paint. It's like magic."

Her show is titled, 'Sounds of Self'.

Each of her works are self-portraits.

The paintings come alive as a true chord for the senses.

You can find MtnWoman Silver's show at the In Your Eye Gallery in the Paseo District of Oklahoma City.

It's up until the end of March, 2014.

For more information on the gallery or MtnWoman Silver go to


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